Governor Addresses UN on Maine’s Effort to Combat Climate Change Next Week


Governor Janet T. Mills, Addresses the Crowd at the Bicentennial Launch, Portland.

“The World is on fire. I want you to panic.” Greta Thunberg

Students from Bates College at the  Recent Climate Change Strike at Portland City Hall.

Susan Cousins Holds a Sign: “There is no Planet B.” at the Recent Climate Change Strike at City Hall.

On Monday, September 23rd, Governor Janet Mills will deliver remarks before the United Nations (UN) about Maine’s effort to fight climate change.  Governor Mills will be the first sitting Maine Governor to address the UN as well as being the first women Governor of the State.

Under her leadership, the state has made significant progress in the effort to mitigate climate change, most notably signing into law the nation’s most aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard and standing up the Maine Climate Council that is charged with developing Maine’s Climate Change Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission by $5% by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050.

Governor Mill’s remarks before the UN come as part of her participation in the UN Climate Action Summit 2019.  According to the UN, the Summit  will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop ambitious solutions in six areas.

Then, on Tuesday, September 24th, Governor Mils will also participate in a bilateral meeting with officials from the European Union to discuss how the US and  European nations can work together to combat climate change.

Later that same day, she will also participate in a panel discussion convened by the US Climate Alliance called, “America’s Governors Delivering Our Commitment to Paris.”  As part of the panel, Governor Mills will join other governors to discuss how states are taking action to deliver on America’s commitment to the Paris Climate Accord.  Earlier, this year, Governor Mills announced that she has joined the bipartisan US Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 25 states committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Finally, the Governor will join The Nature Conservancy to deliver opening remarks for the premier of the short documentary film “Shellfish Growers Changing the Game on Climate.”  The film, focused on the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition currently comprised of more than 120 companies, is produced by The Natural Conservancy and features Bill Mook, owner of Mook Seashell Farm in Walpole.